Quit smoking for good on World No Tobacco Day

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This international World No Tobacco Day (Monday, 31 May, 2021), the HSE calls on people to quit smoking with the help of the HSE QUIT service, where people who smoke in Ireland can get the support they need to quit for good. 

Dr Paul Kavanagh, HSE Public Health Medicine Specialist, Tobacco Free Ireland Programme, explains, “The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the benefits of quitting smoking for tobacco users so whether you’ve tried to quit before or this is your first attempt, QUIT can offer you the support and encouragement you need to make this stop, your last stop.

The programme includes a free, personalised QUIT plan, with support by email and text message, a personalised web page to track your progress, one-to-one support from a trained advisor and tips from people who’ve quit smoking.”

Research shows that if you quit for 28 days you’re five times more likely to quit for good. So use this World No Tobacco day to take the first step and sign up for a HSE QUIT plan on hse.ie. You can choose your quit date at a time that suits you.

“Lots of people will try to quit, and if it doesn't come easily, they are disappointed with themselves because they may feel they lack willpower. It's important to remember that nicotine is a powerful and addictive drug and smoking can be embedded in so many parts of your life. Most successful quitters don’t quit overnight. They plan carefully, they get professional support and they use stop smoking medication to help manage withdrawals. The first step is as simple as signing up for a QUIT plan,” explains Dr Kavanagh. 

In Ireland, smoking is the leading cause of avoidable death. Nearly 6,000 people die in Ireland each year from the effects of smoking and thousands more live with disabling diseases  and ill-health especially in the last 10 years of their lives as a result of smoking. 

“The HSE Quit Service is here to help by providing the tools and supports to make it possible to quit. This practical support and resources give the best chance of making it to Day 28 and once you reach that milestone, you are well on the way to long-term success and the benefits of a smoke-free life,” said Martina Blake, National lead at the HSE Tobacco Free Ireland Programme.

“We have made good progress in reducing smoking prevalence in Ireland from 17% daily smoking in 2017 to 14% in 2019 however we know that in some parts of the country up to 21% of people are smoking daily.  To really tackle smoking prevalence in Ireland we need to support people in their communities to QUIT smoking for good. We already have approximately 20 full time  stop smoking advisors based in local communities throughout the country and this year, we’re looking forward to establishing those services in 18 new communities with Sláintecare investment,’’ explained Martina Blake.

To mark World No Tobacco Day, the World Health Organization will profile Ireland, as a recognised leader in tobacco control on their WHO Europe website. An article on Irish stop smoking services will be featured on their webpage which describes how the service works, including the free stop smoking clinics and groups, online and telephone support available to Irish smokers. 

The HSE’s stop smoking support programme has a number of free supports in place for tobacco users who want to quit. You can make a free appointment with local stop smoking advisors in community health care settings. The services in some areas are back offering face to face appointments and/or virtual appointments. You can sign up to a free online Quit Plan, receive support through livechat on Quit.ie or join an online community of quitters on the QUIT Facebook page. Free help and advice for anyone who wants to quit smoking is available from the HSE’s QUIT service.

Freephone 1800 201 203
Freetext QUIT to 50100
Get started on www.QUIT.ie
Find local HSE QUIT support groups on QUIT.ie or by calling the QUIT team
Tweet the QUIT team @hseQUITteam
Join the Facebook page www.facebook.com/HSEquit

Last updated on: 28 / 05 / 2021